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September 1, 2017

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Keeping public spaces clean

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Warrenton Middle School’s Maria Lopez and 107 other custodians maintain the public buildings in Fauquier County.
Custodians clean county schools and government buildings, according to Fauquier Human Resources Director Janelle Downes.

With eight positions vacant, 100 custodians maintain schools and eight care for county government buildings.

Starting pay for school and county government custodians stands at $11.27 and $10.57 per hour, respectively.

$17.1 million
The total Fauquier’s board of supervisors has budgeted for capital projects this fiscal year.

Topping the list of projects:

• $4.6 million for broadband development, from a five-year total of $20.67 million.

• $3 million for middle school “renovations/expansions” in Warrenton, with $30 million more budgeted in fiscal 2019.

• $3 million for water and sewer systems at the Warrenton-Fauquier County Airport and surrounding property near Midland, with another $3 million budgeted next year.

• $2.75 million toward development of a public water system in Opal.

• $1.32 million toward construction of a terminal at the airport.

The amount Warrenton’s government will spend on a new system to archive the emails of public officials, staff and the town’s social media accounts.

The town has has no archiving software in place, despite the state law requirement to preserve official records, including email. That became an issue recently when a citizen filed a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for emails related to the Warrenton Crossing rezoning in 2013. Town officials complied, conducting time-consuming searches of individual public and private computers and digital tapes to retrieve as many emails as they could.

County dispatchers, or “emergency communications specialists,” handle 9-1-1 and non-emergency public safety calls, according to Communications Manager
Joell D. Kight.

Dispatchers handle all 9-1-1 calls in Fauquier County. During fiscal 2017, they received 24,845 emergency calls and 76,474 administrative calls.

With two vacancies, the sheriff’s office communications division has 19 female and three male dispatchers. They work 12-hour shifts, rotating every four weeks from days to nights, and earn a starting salary of $31,548 per year.

A minimum of four and a maxim of six dispatchers staff each shift.

People purchased daily admission passes in July to use the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Center.

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